ROSCOE is a 6-month-old, 40 pound ball of energy, who love tummy rubs, laying at his person’s feet, and cuddling. He settles down to enjoy close times with his people after vigorous play sessions, training games, and runs. His recall is good and getting better every day. Even though Roscoe is a wild-and-wooly guy, he has some training under his belt—sit, look, stay, place, etc.—and he will do anything for food. He is crate-trained and housebroken, and he travels really well in a vehicle (in a crate). He is learning to walk nicely on a leash, wearing a harness, at this point in areas where he doesn’t experience lots of distraction like other dogs, squirrels, etc. Anything that moves gets Roscoe over-the-top excited, but with treats and redirection, he is learning to keeps his wits about him.
Roscoe is sweet and funny. He loves toys and will mostly entertain himself (if he’s not playing with his people) appropriately. Like most herding dog puppies, if he gets bored, he’ll do naughty things like digging or chewing (although he’s never chewed anything he shouldn’t in his foster home, just in the yard.) He is not a dog that you’d want to leave in the backyard for any length of time at all because he wants things to do. Don’t all young border collies? When his foster mom leaves the house, Roscoe is crated.
Roscoe’s joy and happiness are boundless! He is quite simply a strong, very active and athletic dog, a pup who needs to learn some focus, calm, and how to manage his teen-aged body and brain; in other words, he needs to learn self-control and how-to-learn. He is smart and learns quickly like most young border collies, but at this point he is very easily distracted. So, he needs someone who knows how to work with a good, yet strong young herding dog, a dog who, like many human teenagers, can get overly stimulated and then lose his brains. When he’s gets too excited, he can easily forget what he knows. This is what we mean when we say that he needs to learn how to learn. So, he will thrive best with someone who wants a very active companion and who knows know to continue teaching Roscoe how to use the smarts and talents he was born with. Roscoe would love to learn activities that would allow him to play, but that would also teach him to focus, settle, and excel, i.e., dog sports like Nosework, Treibball, agility, etc.
Roscoe has lived in a home with one older dog, who would set clear limits with him when he was a boundless bother. That said, being with other dogs and at this point seeing other dogs on his on-leash walks gets him overly excited. So, we recommend that he be in a home without other dogs or possibly with one other dog. He would chase a cat, so no homes with cats for this guy.
ROSCOE is micro-
ROSCOE is being fostered north of Sacramento, CA.
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